Professor/Head of Division of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SwedenBiography
Professor Christian G. Giske (MD, PhD) is the chief physician of bacteriology, mycobacteriology and mycology at Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden. He is also Head of the Division of Clinical microbiology and the Division of Clinical immunology at the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Karolinska Institute, where he also leads a research group. The most important research activities in Prof. Giske's research group pertain to deep-characterization of molecular mechanisms of resistance, virulence, and molecular epidemiology of extensively drug-resistant enteric bacilli. Prof. Giske's research is strongly translational, involving extensive collaboration with infectious diseases (including mycobacteriology), hematology, and intensive care. Prof. Giske also has extensive international collaboration, serving in the advisory board of ECDC's European resistance surveillance, and as the chair of the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. Activities in Prof. Giske's research group include studies of management of bloodstream infections and respiratory infections, molecular diagnostics based on next-generation sequencing, susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, studies of intestinal carriage of resistant bacteria, pharmacodynamics studies of combinations of antimicrobials, clinical application of bacteriophages as antimicrobials, and next-generation sequencing as a tool for deep-characterization and susceptibility testing of bacteria.